The People of Team Typha:

Loyola University Chicago

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Dr. Nancy Tuchman’s research focuses on human impacts on aquatic ecosystem structure and function. Her work has spanned from investigating the effects of greenhouse gases on stream ecosystem food webs, to the impacts of invasive plant and animal species on Great Lakes coastal ecosystems, to the effects of emerging contaminants such as plasticizers (Bisphenol-A), and pharmaceuticals (e.g. antibiotics and endocrine disruptors) on streams and lakes. Working with students in research is one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. Throughout her 25-year career at Loyola University Chicago, she has mentored or co-mentored 74 undergraduate studentsand 34 graduate students. Over the past few years, Nancy has focused on her role as the founding director of Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability. The institute has been quickly growing, and is drawing an increasing number of students who recognize that we need to be better stewards of our planet.

Kelsey Berke completed her Bc. Science in Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba in 2012. While completing her Bc. Science, she conducted aquatic sampling aboard the MV Namao on Lake Winnipeg. Before moving to Chicago from Kola, Manitoba, she was involved in the upstream oil and gas industry conducting environmental site reclamation and restoration projects. She now resides in Chicago and is currently enrolled in her MS in Biology at Loyola University Chicago working with Team Typha. She loves meeting new people through her scientific journey, the outdoors, and Madonna concerts. 

Shane Lishawa is a core-member of Team Typha, and the work of the group is a reflection of his efforts since starting at Loyola in 2008. His research focuses on evaluating the ecological impacts of invasive wetland plants on Great Lakes coastal wetlands and developing restoration strategies that increase biodiversity and maintain ecological functions within degraded wetlands. He is driven to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems through innovation and collaboration between managers, researchers, and community organizations. Additionally Shane is an educator; over his career he has acted as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students and has taught a variety of courses ranging in content from natural history to renewable energy. email: slishawa@luc.edu

Brendan Carson earned a BS in Ecology and Anthropology from the University of
Michigan in 2008. He taught field-based environmental education in California and
Texas before earning an MS in Entomology and Ecology from Michigan State University. He began working as a research associate at Loyola University Chicago in 2014, where he also
teaches Biogeography and Field Entomology. He has a strong interest in natural history, ecology, restoration, and science communication. email: bcarson1@luc.edu

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Drew Monks began working with in Dr. Nancy Tuchman's wetland ecology lab since 2009. In 2013 he left to pursue a MS from Western Washington University where he used an agricultural process model called APEX to simulate a watershed in Northwestern Washington State. There he investigated watershed hydrology, crop growth, and nutrient cycling in support of a project aiming to quantify environmental benefits and nutrient reductions associated with agricultural best management practices. Drew recently rejoined Team Typha as a research associate and instructor. email: amonks@luc.edu